Opinion: A State of Siege

Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the first power in comparison of the second.

-Thomas Robert Malthus (1798) This famed warning has been widely revived in recent years. Only the prospect of universal nuclear destruction is viewed with more horrified relish by pessimistic social prophets than the prospect of man's inability to feed an unchecked population. The latest authority to update the Malthusian theory is British Novelist C. P. Snow (The Corridors of...